Oklahoma County Conservation District
Conserving and Protecting our Natural Resources
Conservation District Accepting Application for State Cost Share Program, March 13-April 13
Funds are now available through Oklahoma County Conservation District for cost-share assistance on selected conservation practices benefiting soil and water conservation. The State of Oklahoma has provided limited funds to conservation districts across the state to help landowners implement measures that protect soil and water resources.
“The great advantage of the Conservation Cost-Share Program for Oklahoma is that it is a locally-led program,” said Phil Campbell, chairman of the Oklahoma County Conservation District. “Our conservation district, with input from local residents and agricultural producers, select which of the available conservation practices to provide assistance on.”
Conservation practices available for cost-share assistance through our district include brush management, ponds, conservation cover, pumping plant, water wells, forage and biomass planting, and herbaceous weeds. Cost share will be offered on a 75% cost share rate up to $5,000. Funding is also available this year for seasonal high tunnels at a rate of 75% up to $4,000.
The district will be accepting applications starting today March 13 through April 13. For more information contact Oklahoma County Conservation District at 405-415-4602. The district office is located at 4850 N. Lincoln Blvd, Ste B, Oklahoma City, and office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
State Cost-Share Program
Our district administers the State of Oklahoma Conservation Cost-Share Program in Oklahoma County. The State makes cost-share funds available to conservation districts to help landowners implement cost-share practices that protect our soil and water resources. Approved conservation practices may include brush control, grass planting, ponds, water wells, and seasonal high tunnels.
Applicants for the conservation cost-share program must be a district cooperator with a conservation plan. (Please contact the district office for information about becoming a district cooperator.) The maximum cost-share payment that can be made to any participant from these funds is $7,500. The maximum cost-share rate available is 85%. Local cost-share rates are established by the Board of Directors at the start of each program year and may vary depending on the amount of state funds received
Please contact the district office for further information regarding the cost-share program, available funds, and sign-up periods. Our district cooperates with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS provides free technical assistance to landowners for the installation of conservation practices.
All programs and services of the Oklahoma County Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race color, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status or physical impairment.
Natural Resources Conservation Service Programs
NRCS provides conservation technical assistance and information to individuals, communities, tribal governments, local agencies, and many others. The local NRCS Field Office partners with our district, state agencies, and with volunteers. Financial assistance is provided by NRCS through a number of government programs. NRCS programs available in Oklahoma County include:
Conservation Stewardship ProgramThe Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance—the higher the performance, the higher the payment.
Environmental Quality Incentive Program
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, and improved or created wildlife habitat.
This voluntary conservation programs helps producers make conservation work for them. Together, NRCS and producers invest in solutions that conserve natural resources for the future while also improving agricultural operations.
Through EQIP, NRCS provides agricultural producers and non-industrial forest managers with financial resources and one-on-one help to plan and implement improvements, or what NRCS calls conservation practices. Using these practices can lead to cleaner water and air, healthier soil and better wildlife habitat, all while improving agricultural operations. Through EQIP, you can voluntarily implement and NRCS co-invests in these practices with you.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
Yard by Yard Community Resiliency Project
Our district participates in the Yard by Yard Community Resiliency Program sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. For information on how to certify your yard and for tips and resources, please visit www.okconservation.org/yardbyyard
or contact the district office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.415.4602.